The United States and Canada awards titled Zimbabwe Achiever’s Awards (ZAA) were virtually held last weekend, 23 January 2021, in an event sponsored by World Remit across various online platforms.
ZAA seeks to recognize Zimbabweans based in the diaspora for outstanding and notable achievements.
It is a globally renowned awards brand that identifies, celebrates, and upholds innovative and admirable high accomplishments by individuals and organizations of Zimbabwean descent as well as connected partners from various backgrounds around the world.
The awards were founded in 2010 by United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean businessman, Conrad Mwanza and have developed over the last decade to become one of the premier annual diaspora social events attracting various personalities, businesses, and diplomats to the Awards Dinner Galas.
The joint event was held virtually in observance of regulations regarding public gatherings due to Covid-19 and saw Zimbabwean achievers based in the USA and Canada get honored for their exploits in their respective country editions.
ZAA Chairman Conrad Mwanza acknowledged every achiever’s effort around the world for carrying out their greatest.
“We are so proud of the achievements of Zimbabweans who keep defying odds and raising the flag wherever they are in the world. As we celebrate and honor those in the USA and Canada, we also salute the efforts of every achiever around the world doing their best, especially in such trying times. Let us celebrate each other as always,” he said.
The event was hosted by the Canadian-based duo of Otni and Ruvi TV, with entertainment provided by SA-based musician Nox Guni who gave a sterling musical performance.
Notable winners include the Hollywood heart-throb Zimbabwean-born Tongayi Arnold Chirisa, teen motor cross sensation, and humanitarian Tanya Muzinda as well as a music instructor, producer, vocalist, and all-around instrumentalist Zivanayi Masango.
The event marked the second edition for ZAA Canada and the fifth for ZAA USA and was sponsored by World Remit, Zororo Phumulani, and Burmain Properties.
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Sima Shayla Mabaleka (Wellness Empowered)
COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD: Prudence Zinzile Ntutha
COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR: Boxed Hope Foundation
CULTURAL AMBASSADOR: Malume Thamu (Asakhane Live)
FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: Linda/Lulu
FEMALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Amanda Nothando
MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Lawrence Sibanda(the general)
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Sandra Maenzanise
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR: Kudakwashe Murasiranwa
YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD: Boluwatife Adefemi
MALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Malume Thamu (Asakhane Live)
MALE ENTREPRENEUR AWARD: Ronnie Mupambwa
ZAA USA Winners
BUSINESS OF THE YEAR: Tisu Zim Goodies
FEMALE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Caroline Makamache-Dhewa – Rutendo Hope Foundation
COMMUNITY CHAMPION AWARD: Chiwoniso Mpofu
COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR: ZIMDFW Alliance Community
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ENTERTAINMENT: Tongayi Arnold Chirisa
MUSIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Zivanayi Masango
VIRTUAL EVENT OF THE YEAR: Christian Fellowship Intl. –
CFI VIRTUAL SHOW OF THE YEAR: The Dialogue with Pastor Tee – Pastor Teresa Dangwa
YOUNG ACHIEVERS AWARD: Michelle Makai Maka Chikowero
MALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Josh Juma
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT PROFESSIONALS: Dr. MonaLisa Muchatuta Tatenda Shopera Ph.d
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORT: Tanya Muzinda
OUTSTANDING AWARD – CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT: Ziva Kwawakabva
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION: Dr. Tererai Trent
FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR: Yangu Beauty
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Zivanayi Masango